Education: MA, University of the Witwatersrand

Background: Nomfundo Mogapi is the Chair for the Mental Wellness Initiative. She was previously the Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She is a registered clinical psychologist. She has over 20 years’ experience working within the violence prevention and peacebuilding fields, 14 of which have been in senior leadership and management within the NGO sector. Her areas of expertise include psychosocial healing, traumatic stress, ex-combatants, collective trauma and leadership through emotional intelligence. She also specialises in facilitation, training and capacity building. Mogapi has a passion for providing and understanding the psychosocial healing of individuals, institutions and collectives. She has used this to contribute to shaping regional policies like the African Union Transitional Justice Policy (AUTJP) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACPHR) General Comment on redress for victims of torture. Previously, Mogapi worked as the Director for the South African Institute for Traumatic Stress (SAITS), an NGO whose focus is training and capacity development for traumatic stress and victim empowerment practitioners. She has also worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand. Before that, she worked as a clinical psychologist and community liaison officer at the CSVR trauma clinic, where she offered counselling, group therapy and community interventions to the survivors of political and criminal violence.

Expertise: South Africa; transitional justice; peacebuilding; governance; psychosocial healing